Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To Johnstown American Legion Post 472. The post contributed more than $12,000 to the Research & Recognition Project, which is working on a treatment project intended to help veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress order. Not only is the post helping the study – and veterans – by donating money, it’s also raising awareness about PTSD, a mental health condition triggered by traumatic events.

JEERS – To a misguided law. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal recently signed a law that imposes a $10,000 fine and up to six months in jail for anyone who publishes “any information contained in an application for a concealed handgun permit or any information regarding the identity of any person who applied for or received a concealed handgun permit.” The law makes allowances for information released under court order or that a permit holder has released on his own, but it fails to provide for information leaked to news organizations. Supporters of the law say they are defending the Second Amendment. Have they forgotten about the First Amendment?

CHEERS – To a strong village. Fort Plain last week suffered a major blow from devastating floodwaters. For a week, the village, with the help of emergency crews and volunteers, has been cleaning up the mess and trying to repair the damage. The people there have shown great fortitude. Despite the tragedy, residents still found a way to celebrate the Fourth of July by having their annual 4th on the 3rd celebration. In the face of adversity, Fort Plain has shown tenacity, patriotism and optimism.

CHEERS – To positive economic news. Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton counties have high unemployment rates, but the good news is the rates are going down. According to the state Department of Labor, Fulton County’s rate went from 10.5 percent in May 2012 to 8.9 percent this past May. Montgomery County’s went from 10.2 percent to 8.7 percent, and Hamilton County’s went from 9.2 percent to 7.6 percent. Let’s hope the positive trend continues.